How Home Sweet Home by Mordecai Richler inspired Dave Bidini to start a community newspaper

"Some books follow you around in life. This is one of them," says the writer and musician.
Dave Bidini has written many books including On a Cold Road and Baseballissimo. (McClelland & Stewart)

July 1, 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation in Canada. CBC Books is creating the great Canadian reading list — a list of 150 books curated by you. 

Musician and author Dave Bidini adds Home Sweet Home by Mordecai Richler to the reading list.

"You may or may not know that I am starting a newspaper. This fact may or may not be important to this story — okay, it's important — but after re-reading Home Sweet Home, Richer's non fiction essay collection, I was even more determined to go back to newspapers, reminding myself that a lot of this brilliant writing first appeared on inky newsprint smudged by love. So: important then (stunning, hilarious, sad and tight, fine prose) and important now. Some books follow you around in life. This is one of them."

Dave Bidini is a musician, journalist and writer living in Toronto. He was a founding member of the rock band Rheostatics and he is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno, as well CBC's Canada Reads.


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